Robert is a native Texan, having been born in Wichita Falls. He grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition. He began preaching at the age of 13, was leading revival meetings during his mid-teens and was ordained at age 18. Robert has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and two master of theology degrees.
As a result of a challenging educational experience in seminary, his religious view of reality was transformed. And as a result of an equally shattering experience in Vietnam, his cultural perspectives were also transformed. In the wake of these transformations, he discovered Unitarian Universalism and entered its professional ministry in 1969.
Robert served as Senior Minister of JUC from 1988 to 1997. He was conferred as Minister Emeritus on Jan. 31, 2016.